40 Interesting Men Facts That Will Blow Your Mind Away
Men have always been less significant than women in human civilization. Women have always been more complex than men and hard to decrypt. Decoding men, though simpler has its own set of challenges. And it is not limited to anatomical and physiological differences, there are many variations in the brain as well.
A woman’s body is way more unique than that of a man. But there are some extraordinary facts which you might not have usually come across. Here are 40 of them –
1. In Old English, Human Men Were Referred To As Wer
This specific term “man” was used to describe humanity as a whole. The males of HomoSapiens species were labeled as Wer. During the 13th century, man gradually replaced Wer as the term for an adult human male. That is because language was also going through a lot of changes during these times. Phonetics had taken a major place in human language. Whatever sounded tacky and primitive was replaced with more sophisticated and beautiful language. Man was used both for males and as an expression for the entire human species.
2. Globally, Boy Babies Are 25% More Likely To Die In Infancy Than Girl Babies
That is also why the adult men’s death rate is higher than that of a woman’s. But the mystery behind this has not been solved till now. According to the researchers, it is more likely due to their larger body size, especially their heads. They have to face a lot of abrasion during labor, which is responsible for them not making it alive during childbirth.
3. Men Are Not Organized
Men are not born to live in an orderly fashion. The more sophisticated lifestyle is better suited for women. It is because men are not genetically programmed to lead a disciplined lifestyle. Not that they can’t be made to do so. But it is not in their neural motherboard to actually put the things where they belong. No wonder, they are so messy.
4. Average Height Today For Men In U.S. Is Just Over 5′ 9″ (175 cm)
The average guy in the US presently is quite average. So, if you see more NBA type hunks near you, then remember that they are just a handful. The average height today for men in the U.S. is just over 5′ 9″ (175 cm) and the average weight is approximately 190 pounds (86 kg). In 1960, the average height for men was about 5′ 8″ (172 cm) and the average weight was just over 166 pounds (75 kg).
5. Men Have A Life Expectancy Of 64.52 Years
Men overall have a shorter lifespan as compared to women. Their bodies are made for wear and tear and not for endurance. So, they actually don’t live long. Worldwide, men have a life expectancy of 64.52 years, as compared to a life expectancy of 68.76 years for women.
6. The Most Common Cause Of Death For Men In The U.S. Is Heart Disease
The most common cause of death for men in the U.S. is heart disease. Blame it on their voracity or on their larger diets. Heart disease is also the biggest killer for women. The average age of a first heart attack for men is just 66 years.
7. Globally, There Are Approximately 107 Baby Boys Born For Every 100 Baby Girls
Scientists believe the elevated birth rate in favor of boys may be linked to the higher mortality rates of boys in infancy and childhood. This skewed ratio is partly due to sex-selective abortion and “gendercide”.
8. In The U.S., Men Have Higher Death Rates For All Of The 15 Leading Causes Of Death
That is because men have a tendency to mess things when mortality is concerned. Death is inevitable. No, really, this is the truth. Only with the exception of Alzheimer’s disease, men die five years younger than women.
9. The Brains Of Adult Men Are About 10% Larger In Total Size Than Women’s
But that does not make men smarter than women. Men generally have a larger stature and more muscle mass than women. That is why their brains require more neurons to control the body. But there is a difference in the grey matter and white matter proportions.
10. The Word “Boy” Has Been In Use Since 1154 A.D
This has been recorded in various literary sources as well. The oldest one was in Priestley’s Grammar in 1154 A.D. Using the term “boy” as a descriptive term for a male child has been done for centuries. The exact etymology of the word is unclear, but it is believed to have descended from the Anglo-Saxon word boia, meaning “servant” or “farmworker.” So being a boy, actually means you were born to be a slave and slog for the rest of your lives.
11. Boys Typically Experience Puberty Between Ages 12 – 14
That is a big issue, isn’t it? Voices change. Sometimes the shrilly boys have the deepest of baritones when they grow up. There is a time during which the voice of the boys’ changes to its lower timbre, growth spurts occur, and the secondary sex characteristics begin to develop. Puberty for boys generally occurs later than in girls of the same age group.
12. Change In A Boy’s Voice Is Dramatic During Puberty
We have discussed a lot about the voice in the previous point. Both boys’ and girls’ voice change occurs drastically during puberty. Sometimes, there is a huge drop, around a whole octave in tone. Males in other species develop a deeper voice to attract females and intimidate other males, and scientists believe the change in the male human voice evolved for the same reasons.
13. The “Art Of Manliness” Has Differed Throughout History
The boys’ rite of passage has differed in history and it is different in different cultures. It is that ritual that marks their transition into the lives of adult men. Examples of traditional rites of passage include the Bar Mitzvah in Judaism. The “vision quest” is followed in many American Indian tribes. Circumcision rite is followed in many African cultures.
14. The “Adam’s apple,” Is Unique To Adult Men
The Adam’s apple is a laryngeal prominence in the neck, which is the result of a growth of the larynx during puberty. It is unique to adult men only. The term is derived from the Biblical account of Adam eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
15. Approximately 56% of boy babies born in the U.S. are circumcised at birth
God, this sounds so painful. This act of circumcision has been seeing a decline of 20% since 1950. Worldwide, approximately one-third of men have been circumcised. Most of the circumcisions are performed in the Arabic countries.
16. The Male Genitalia Of Humans Is Larger Than Other Primates
Now that we are talking about circumcisions, why not discuss a bit about the male genitalia as well? In terms of absolute size and in proportion to overall body mass, the human male genitalia is longer and thicker than that of any other primate. But bestiality intercourse is not good. It is the fornication between a chimp and a man that actually helped the AIDS virus to spread.
17. Initially, All Male Embryos Are Female
For about the first six weeks after conception, all human embryos develop as a default female child, primarily taking genetic information from the mother’s DNA. After the sixth week of development, if the embryo is male, the SRY gene on the Y chromosome will begin to produce androgens, primarily testosterone, that encourage the development of male characteristics and inhibit the further development of female characteristics.
18. The Biological Male Symbol Has Been Derived From The Greek Symbol Of The Planet Mars
From ancient times, when all the oldest civilizations were at their peak, the planet Mars has always been associated with men and male virility. The biological symbol for the male sex, a circle with a small arrow protruding from it, is also the symbol for the planet Mars. The two components of the symbol are designed to represent the shield and spear of Mars, the Roman god of war.
19. Boys Are Three To Four Times More Likely To Be Diagnosed With Autistic Disorders
Their neural circuits are far more charged up than a girl’s. Moreover, boys have an excess of white matter. This disproportionality creates these disorders. Boys are three to four times more likely to be diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders than girls. While experts do not yet have a solid answer for the obvious gender discrepancy, some believe that girls with mild autism may be better able to mask their symptoms and thus go undiagnosed.
20. Teenage Boys Are Most Likely To Be High School Dropouts
As we have already said earlier, boys were never born to be sophisticated. They are the primates of the human species. But why do they drop out the most during the teens? You can blame it on their raging hormones. Teenage boys are four times more likely than girls to drop out of school and represent more than 75% of the children referred to special education in the U.S.
21. Boys Are Most Likely To Be Diagnosed With ADD And ADHD
Boys’ brain configuration is way different than that of girls. So, their neuron circuitry is way different than that of girls. This results in the psychological differences between the two sexes. Boys are approximately three times more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than girls are.
22. There Are Around 140,000 Stay-At-Home Fathers In The US
During the earlier half of the 20th century, this was the other way round. But with rising expenses, and reducing gender discrimination, more women are working. According to a 2008 estimate, there are approximately 140,000 stay-at-home fathers in the U.S. who are the primary caretakers for their children while their wives work outside the home.
23. Fewer Dads Are Their Family’s Sole Breadwinner
In the US, that is a true fact. This trend is prevalent in the western world. But in the Asian world, it is more of a mixed bag. But that is because of the increasing spectrum of women’s rights and more diligence on the part of women at the workplace. Still, there is a gender inequality when it comes to paying the women.
24. Men Are More Likely To Get Injured At The Workplace
Blame it on the callousness the men exhibit at work. Moreover, they are not very foresighted when it comes to predicting disasters. While men currently represent an even 50% of the U.S. workforce, they account for 94% of all on-the-job fatalities.
25. Before The 1900s, Male Nurses Were Far More Common Than Female Nurses
What? Yes! The male nurse population was far more prevalent. Internationally, male nurses were far more common than female nurses. In current times, men now make up only 5.4% of registered nurses in the U.S. and only 13% of new nursing students in the now-female-dominated field.
26. Men Are More Likely To Get Stoned When Compared To Women
Men have emptier minds so they have a tendency of doing anything to amuse themselves. Men are nearly three times more likely than women to abuse alcohol and twice as likely to abuse recreational drugs like marijuana and cocaine. The worst part is that the biochemical and physiological setup is such, they get a bad hangover.
27. Higher Levels Of Testosterone In Boys And Men Generally Cause Greater Levels Of Aggression
Not only that, testosterone is also responsible for competition, self-assertion, and self-reliance than in women. In addition, the amygdala or the part of the brain involved in producing emotion is typically larger in males, resulting in more aggressive, uncontrollable emotions. That is why men are more violent than women.
28. Men Are Four Times More Likely Than Women To Be Murdered And 10 Times More Likely To Commit Murder
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, men are four times more likely than women to be murdered and 10 times more likely to commit murder. Both female and male offenders are more likely to target male victims. But that is because men have more violent pasts and issues. So, there is a bigger probability of them getting shot or bludgeoned to death.
29. In Nearly Every Country, Men Are Twice As More Likely To Commit Suicide
Men have messed up minds, so their lives are also messier. Globally, when compared to women, men are more likely to kill themselves. In some countries like Russia and Brazil, suicide rates among men are up to six times higher than those for women.
30. The Average Adult Male Has About 50% More Muscle Mass
Compared to that, the men have 50% less body fat than the average adult female. Although men are bulkier than women, this is because of their muscular composition. That is why it is also easier for men to knock off weight. Women, on the other hand, have a harder time doing it because of the fat in their body gets converted into cellulite.
31. 42.3% Of Men In The US Are Fathers
Of the more than 151 million men currently living in the U.S., approximately 64.3 million are fathers. But that is not what is interesting. In fact, the rest of the men, who are not getting married, are not going to tie the knot for the rest of their lives. They are going to remain alone for the remnant of their lives.
32. Male Brains Use Almost Seven Times More Gray Matter For Activity Than Females
Men’s brains are deficient in the gray matter so they almost end up using more gray matter than they can afford. On the other hand, female brains use nearly ten times more white matter because they lack in white matter. This is why a woman can multitask and why men can navigate their automobiles.
33. Scientists Have Discovered That Men’s And Women’s Brains Actually Function Somewhat Differently
Women and men have different types of brains, so they function somewhat differently as well. When focused on a task, men tend to use only one side of their brain at a time, devoting all of their attention and concentration to the task at hand. Women, on the other hand, tend to use both sides of the brain at the same time, making them more adept at “multi-tasking.”
34. The Word “Dad” Entered The English Language In The 16th Century
Dad is not a modern-day invention, you see. It is believed to have originated from the Welsh word tad, meaning father. The word “father” comes from the Old English term faeder and was first used in the 1500s.
35. The First Father’s Day In The U.S. Was Celebrated On June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington
It was conceived of by Sondra Dodd. After listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, Dodd wished to have a day of recognition for her father as well. Father’s Day became a nationally celebrated holiday in 1972 when the third Sunday in June was designated by public law as a day of recognition for fathers.
36. A Woman Speaks About 7,000 Words A Day While A Man Speaks About 2,000
That is because of the way they use their brain cells. Women tend to use portions from all parts of the brain and men use only a portion of it. Also, women are far more talkative than men.
37. It’s Easier For A Man To Buy A Bathing Suit
Women are so skeptical about their bodies, they tend to get depressed when they go for buying bathing suits or lingerie. Being conscious about their curves, they will try their best to hide the bulge. Men, on the other hand, just want to enjoy the sand and the sea.
38. Men Love To Barbecue
When it comes to barbecue, whether they know to cook or not, men are always ready for a bout of roasting meat. Add a bit of beer to the equation, and it is going to be a bonfire party with lots of roasted meat.
39. A Man Needs Company To Drink
Although men don’t need any provocation to drink, it is more likely that they drink more, or smoke more when they are in the company of a similar person. It is more likely that he does not feel the guilt when he has the company of a similar person.
40. Men Love A Woman Most When She Is Without Clothes
Even if the man is true at heart and exhibits true love towards a woman, visual stimulation still rules the roost. They love a woman the most without her clothes on. Their innermost passion can be evoked easily with a bare woman.